Scarlett Johansson Offered Lead Role in Ghost in the Shell

Photo credit:  Daniel McFadden
Photo credit: Daniel McFadden

Scarlett Johansson has been offered the lead role in DreamWorks’ live-action take on the hugely popular manga/anime, Ghost in the Shell.

We reported that Margot Robbie was in talks to take the lead role back in September, but those negotiations have since stopped.

Deadline is reporting that DreamWorks has offered Johansson $10 million to accept the part, the large offer reportedly coming about after Lucy and her role as Black Widow proved she was more than capable of delivering in the action genre. Lucy, this year’s sci-fi film from director Luc Besson, earned an impressive $412,365,400 in worldwide box office receipts (according to Box Office Mojo).

Robbie, in the meantime, is circling Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad.

The original manga, and the many adaptations that followed, tells the story of the members of Public Security Section 9, a task-force made up of former military officers and police detectives. They specialise in fighting technology-related crime.

Here’s the trailer for the fantastic 1995 anime film: